Weather Natural Disasters

  • KINGSTON, Jamaica, Sept 30- Hurricane Matthew surged in power on Friday to become the Caribbean's strongest storm in nine years as it moved towards Jamaica and Cuba with winds of up to 160 miles per hour powerful enough to wreck houses, forecasters said. The strongest hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean since Felix in 2007 was forecast to make landfall as a major storm...

  • KINGSTON, Jamaica, Sept 30- Hurricane Matthew surged in power on Friday to become the Caribbean's strongest storm in nine years as it moved towards Jamaica and Cuba with winds of up to 160 miles per hour powerful enough to wreck houses, forecasters said. Matthew was about 440 miles southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, and the U.S. National Hurricane Center designated it...

  • KINGSTON, Jamaica, Sept 30- Hurricane Matthew surged in power on Friday to become the Caribbean's first major hurricane in four years as it moved towards Jamaica and Cuba with winds of up to 160 miles per hour powerful enough to wreck houses, forecasters said. Matthew was about 440 miles southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, and the U.S. National Hurricane Center...

  • KINGSTON, Jamaica, Sept 30- Hurricane Matthew surged in power on Friday to become the Caribbean's first major hurricane in four years as it moved towards Jamaica and Cuba with winds of up to 150 miles per hour powerful enough to wreck houses, forecasters said. Matthew was about 440 miles southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, and the U.S. National Hurricane Center...

  • KINGSTON, Jamaica, Sept 30- Hurricane Matthew surge in power on Friday to become the Caribbean's first major hurricane in four years as it moved towards Jamaica and Cuba with winds of up to 150 miles per hour powerful enough to wreck houses, forecasters said. Matthew was about 440 miles southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, and the U.S. National Hurricane Center...

  • REYKJAVIK, Iceland— Iceland's Meteorological Office has raised the aviation alert level around the Katla volcano because of seismic activity. Katla is in southern Iceland, 140 kilometers from the capital, Reykjavik. Iceland is often hit by seismic activity.

  • Sept 30- Hurricane Matthew has strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale while moving west- southwestward over the Caribbean Sea, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Friday. Matthew was located about 495 miles southeast of Kingston, Jamaica with maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour, the Miami- based weather...

  • Sept 30- Hurricane Matthew has strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale while moving west- southwestward over the Caribbean Sea, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Friday. Matthew was located about 495 miles southeast of Kingston, Jamaica with maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour, the Miami- based weather...

  • STOCKHOLM, Sept 30- Iceland raised its aviation alert by a notch on Friday after several earthquakes hit one of the country's biggest volcanoes, the strongest tremors since a string of quakes last month raised concerns over a possible eruption. The alert only moved to the second lowest level of the four colour scale, but in 2010, ash from an eruption of the nearby...

  • CANBERRA, Australia— A rush by Australia's state governments to switch to clean electricity sources could undermine the country's energy security, the federal government warned Thursday after all of South Australia state lost power. South Australia state lost power on Wednesday as it was lashed by two tornados, thunder storms and fierce winds that caused...

  • *Nuclear industry hobbled by shutdowns after Fukushima. TOKYO, Sept 29- Hitachi Ltd, Toshiba Corp and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd aim to merge their nuclear fuel businesses, a person with direct knowledge of the talks said, amid bleak prospects for Japan's atomic reactors to return to operation after the Fukushima disaster. Over five years after an...

  • A pump jack operates at a well site leased by Devon Energy Production Co. near Guthrie, Oklahoma.

    Oklahoma is now the most earthquake prone state, according to federal data. In this case, the reason appears to be man-made.

  • TUNIS, Tunisia— Struggling with extremism and economic woes, Tunisia now faces another menace: persistent drought across several regions that is creating new social tensions and threatening farming, a pillar of the economy. A lack of rain, combined with years of bad resource management, has left reservoirs and dams at exceptionally low levels that could lead to...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— The Latest on a legal settlement from damages caused by a 2011 Exxon Mobil Corp. pipeline spill into Montana's Yellowstone River:. Exxon Mobil has agreed to pay $12 million to settle damage claims over an oil pipeline break in the Yellowstone River, but it faces further potential fines for pollution violations. Exxon Mobil Corp. has agreed to pay...

  • FRANKFURT, Germany— A German court says it has added staff and storage space to handle a flood of 1,400 investor lawsuits against Volkswagen seeking damages worth 8.2 billion euros. Lawyers have said the courts may eventually find that investors had one year to file suit after the EPA announcement; the anniversary fell on a Sunday, leaving Monday as the possible...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— Exxon Mobil Corp. has agreed to pay $12 million for environmental damages caused by a pipeline break that spilled 63,000 gallons of oil into Montana's Yellowstone River and prompted a national debate over lax pipeline safety rules, officials said Wednesday. The payment is meant to settle claims from the U.S. and state governments that the crude...

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 19- Hurricane Paine formed in the Pacific more than 300 miles off the coast of Mexico early on Monday and is forecast to begin weakening later in the day, the National Hurricane Center said. Mexico has no coastal warnings in effect for Paine, which is expected to weaken substantially before it hits the upper portion of the Baja California...

  • Inflatable moon on the loose in China

    Typhoon winds cause a giant inflatable moon to slip its moorings in south-east China.

  • Obama, who met with Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and their Democratic counterparts at the White House, said he was also hopeful about reaching agreements with Congress on funding for the Zika virus and for disaster relief in Louisiana which suffered flooding recently.

  • An aerial view of Tokyo.

    An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.9 shook buildings in Tokyo on Wednesday, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.